Cheat River Review Submission Guidelines


Cheat River Review reads original, previously unpublished nonfiction, fiction, flash, and poetry.

All Submissions Should Include:

  • 1-inch margins.
  • The page number, author's last name, and/or the submission's title as a header on the top right of every page.
  • Should be a .doc or .docx

Please include include a cover letter with a short third person bio.

Nonfiction :

  • The piece's word count at the top right of the first page. 
  • A centered title:
  • Double spaced text.
  • Please conform to Standard Manuscript Formatting.


For Fiction:

  • Either submit one short story up to 3,500 words OR a maximum of 3 flash pieces up to 500 words each in one document.
  • The piece's word count at the top right of the first page. 
  • A centered title.
  • Double spaced text.
  • Please conform to Standard Manuscript Formatting.


For Poetry Only:

  • All poems and titles should be aligned to the left unless there is an intentional choice on the part of the author. 
  • Each poem should be on a new page.

Below you will find the new submission windows:


Fall issue: August 2 - October 1

Spring issue:  January 19 - March 1 


We look forward to reading your work.

Ends on March 3, 2019
We accept original and previously unpublished poetry. Please submit 3 to 5 poems in a single document. Simultaneous submissions are accepted if acknowledged in the cover letter. Please wait until your poems have been considered before submitting again.


Ends on March 3, 2019

Please either submit one manuscript no more than 4,500 words OR a maximum of 3 flash pieces up to 999 words each in one document. Simultaneous submissions are accepted if acknowledged in the cover letter. Please wait until one piece per genre has been considered before submitting another.   

Ends on March 3, 2019

Please either submit one short story up to 3,500 words OR a maximum of 3 flash pieces up to 500 words each in one document. Simultaneous submissions are accepted if acknowledged in the cover letter. Please wait until one piece per genre has been considered before submitting another.  

Ends on March 3, 2019

For art, acceptable file formats are jpg, pdf, png, tif. Upload a low-res version of your image(s), or provide a link to a specific piece (or pieces) of art. Please limit your file size to 2 megabytes or smaller. We will ask for the full-res file if your artwork is accepted. Our cover size is 6 x 8.25 inches, on screen at 576 x 795 px.




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